Final Jeopardy: Olympic Host Cities

The Final Jeopardy question (1/24/2013) in the category “Olympic Host Cities” was:

When this city hosted the XIV Winter Olympics, it was located in a different nation than today.

Another day, another new champ! And today it’s Joshua Brakhage who won $20,006 yesterday. Joshua’s competition today will come from these two players: Waymond Mitchell, from Houston, TX and Zora Shinn, from Solvang, CA.

Zora found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Geo-Politicians.” She was in last place with $1,200, $3,000 behind Joshua’s lead. She bet $800, thought it was Daniel Boone but that was WRONG.

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Joshua finished in the lead with $6,000. Waymond was second with $3,800 and Zora was last with $2,400.

Waymond found the first Double Jeopardy Daily Double in “Nonmusical Instruments.” He was in third place with $5,800, $7,000 behind Zora’s lead. He bet $5,000 and said Etch-a-Sketch. That was the first thing we thought of too, but it was WRONG.

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Waymond found the last Daily Double in “Waterfalls.” Still in third place, he now had $2,000, $11,600 behind Zora in first place. Waymond went for broke and she was RIGHT.

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Zora finished in the lead with $16,000. Joshua was next with $10,000 and Waymond was in third place with $5,200.

TWO of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


In 1984, Sarajevo was located in the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, which was made up of Slovenia, Croatia, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia. Each of these divisions became a separate nation through a series of wars in the 1990s, and by 2003, Yugoslavia ceased to exist. (Wiki Answers)

Today Sarajevo is the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Waymond got it and doubled up. He finished with $10,400.

Joshua also got it and bet it all. He finished with $20,000.

Zora wrote down “Seoul” which was the capital of South Korea in 1984 and still is. Seoul hosted the 1988 Summer Olympics (Games of the XXIV Olympiad). Zora bet $4,100 so she wound up in second place with $11,900.

So Joshua broke the string of one-day champions with his second win and a 2-day total of $40,006.

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3 Responses

  1. VJ says:

    I don’t have the rules but I believe the contestants are not penalized for spelling in Final Jeopardy! unless the mistake changes the answer into another word by adding an extra letter or using a letter that makes it sound completely different (for instance, if he had spelled it with an A instead of an O at the end), or if they add or subtract a syllable somehow.

  2. Lina says:

    I agree with Lucy. Waymond should be the real winner of tonight’s show!

  3. Lucy says:

    Despite Joshua being declared the champion today, he spelt the name Sarajevo wrong. He spelt it as Sarejevo instead. Shouldn’t that have disqualified him?